Hiram College will fight back against cancer at the fifth annual Relay for Life event on April 25, 2015. The event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center.
This year’s theme is “Carnival for a Cure.” Throughout the day, Relay participants will walk the track in Martin Fieldhouse and participate in carnival games and activities – including inflatables, face painting, flag football and more – as they remember and honor all who have fought or survived cancer.
A special vigil – “Lauren’s Hour” – will take place from 8-9 p.m. to honor Lauren Hill, who died April 10, 2015. Hill inspired the campus – and the world – through her brave fight against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare form of brain cancer. The women’s basketball team faced Hill and the Mount St. Joseph University Lions on Nov. 2, 2014, in a game that was moved up two weeks so that Hill could play her first college game. Several members of the Mount St. Joseph basketball team will join Hiram’s team to walk laps in honor of Lauren, followed by a balloon release at the end of the hour.
Jason Close ’16, Relay for Life chairman and president of Colleges Against Cancer, said he hopes to raise $10,000 and have more than 100 registered participants. Hiram teams have already raised more than $5,000 through pre-Relay events and fundraising.
“Our success comes from a newly rekindled support from the campus and community at large,” Close said. “I am proud of what Relay has become while it’s been at Hiram, and I look forward to seeing what it can be in the future.”
Relay for Life events are free and open to the public. Participants may come and go at any point during the 12-hour event.
- Opening Ceremony: 10 a.m.
- Survivors Lap: 10:15 a.m.
- Caregivers Lap: 10:15 a.m.
- Luminaria Ceremony: 8:30 p.m.
- Closing Ceremony: 10 p.m.
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